Christmas wishes

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Christmastime for me is filled with emotion. I am a Celt by birth and spiritual affiliation, so perhaps this comes with the territory. Everything seems to have meaning during this contemplative time of year. The nights are lengthening, daylight is precious and bustling with activity. Work becomes frantic as the calendar year comes to a close. Celebrations last the month, or more, and are filled with friendship, family and hope for the coming light and the New Year.

There is magic in theses moments. Magic to be shared.

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Every story I write has some element of magic—that power that thought, intention, and action bring, especially when the spark of the Divine enters the mix. Words carry power, so let us use them! I believe in Christmas wishes—their power to heal both the wisher and the recipient.

Here is my wish for you, from Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue. I’ve combined a few of his Blessings, and although the words are his, this wish for you is mine.

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 A Friendship Blessing

 May the light of your soul guide you.

May you be blessed with good friends.

May you learn to be a good friend yourself.

May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness.

May you never be isolated, but always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara (soul friend)

May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light, and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.

May the day never burden.

May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.

May your soul calm, console, and renew you.

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May every word be granted to you!

If you believe in the magic of Christmas wishes, please give one in the comment section—and may all your wishes come true this Yuletide Season!

 

Blessings,

 Leigh

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20 Responses to Christmas wishes

  1. Jill James says:

    My wish is for calm in the world.

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  2. Carol says:

    Beautiful blessing, Leigh! May your Christmas be filled with blessings too! My wish is for peace in this time of upheaval. May we return to a greater nation filled with love for mankind.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. My wish is for every person on Earth to have food and not be hungry. Merry Christmas, Leigh!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. susanrhughes says:

    This might be totally inappropriate, but it’s pretty funny.

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  5. Kristy Tate says:

    I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas
    E. B. White’s Christmas -1952

    From this high midtown hall, undecked with boughs, unfortified
    with mistletoe, we send forth our tinselled greetings as of
    old, to friends, to readers, to strangers of many conditions
    in many places.

    Merry Christmas to uncertified accountants, to tellers who have
    made a mistake in addition, to girls who have made a mistake in
    judgment, to grounded airline passengers, and to all those who
    can’t eat clams! We greet with particular warmth people who
    wake and smell smoke. To captains of river boats on snowy
    mornings we send an answering toot at this holiday time.

    Merry Christmas to intellectuals and other despised minorities!

    Merry Christmas to the musicians of Muzak and men whose shoes
    don’t fit! Greetings of the season to unemployed actors and the
    blacklisted everywhere who suffer for sins uncommitted; a holly
    thorn in the thumb of compilers of lists!

    Greetings to wives who can’t find their glasses and to poets who
    can’t find their rhymes!

    Merry Christmas to the unloved, the misunderstood, the overweight.
    Joy to the authors of books whose titles begin with the word “How”
    (as though they knew!). Greetings to people with a ringing in
    their ears; greetings to growers of gourds, to shearers of sheep,
    and to makers of change in the lonely underground booths!

    Merry Christmas to old men asleep in libraries! Merry Christmas to
    people who can’t stay in the same room with a cat! We greet, too,
    the boarders in boarding hoses on 25 December, the duennas in
    Central Park in fair weather and foul, and young lovers who got
    nothing in the mail.

    Merry Christmas to people who plant trees in city streets; Merry
    Christmas to people who save prairie chickens from extinction!
    Greetings of a purely mechanical sort to machines that think–
    plus a sprig of artificial holly. Joyous Yule to Cadillac owners
    whose conduct is unworthy of their car!

    Merry Christmas to the defeated, the forgotten, the inept; Joy
    to all dandiprats and bunglers! We send, most particularly and
    most hopefully, our greetings and our prayers to soldiers and
    guardsmen on land and sea and in the air– the young men doing
    the hardest things at the hardest time of life. To all such,
    Merry Christmas, blessings, and good luck! We greet the
    Secretaries-designate, the President-elect; Merry Christmas to our
    new leaders, peace on earth, good will, and good management!

    Merry Christmas to couples unhappy in doorways! Merry Christmas
    to all who think they are in love but aren’t sure!

    Greetings to people waiting for trains that will take them in the
    wrong direction, to people doing up a bundle and the string is
    too short, to children with sleds and no snow! We greet ministers
    who can’t think of a moral, gagmen who can’t think of a joke.

    Greetings, too, to the inhabitants of other planets; see you soon!

    And last, we greet all skaters on small natural ponds at the edge
    of woods toward the end of afternoon. Merry Christmas, skaters!
    Ring, steel! Grow red, sky! Die down, wind!

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good morrow!

    E.B. White, 12/20/52

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  6. E. Ayers says:

    On a personal front, I’m wishing for a year of good health, swift sales, and maybe Santa will send someone wonderful my way, because I’ve been very good for way too long! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Joan Reeves says:

    I guess any rational person wishes for peace so while we’re wishing for that, let’s wish for change in people because then maybe peace wouldn’t be impossible. I wish that people would take responsibility for their actions and not blame it on parents or religion or society or whatever. I wish people would intelligently choose political candidates and not choose because so-and-so is a Democrat or Republican or whatever. I wish politicians would think of the greater good of the group they represent–city, state, or country–rather than thinking about nothing but getting re-elected. I wish common courtesy would return to the world. I wish that kids would place a higher priority on education than on entertainment. I wish parents would actually be parents instead of depending on schools to teach kids everything including right from wrong. I’ll shut up now because this is a rant that could go on far too long. Probably has already. *g*

    Leigh, thank you for your wonderful post. I love the Friendship Blessing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  8. stephaniequeen says:

    May your season be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white!
    (from the song) (I’m in a Christmas carol mood!)

    Liked by 1 person

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